Secondary school places

Apply to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2024.

1 Overview

This information only applies if you want to apply for your child to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2024 as they are in Year 6 at a primary or junior school.

If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.

2 Find your catchment area school and other local schools

Before applying for your child's secondary school place:

4 Preferences

  • You can apply for up to three different schools. Rank the schools in order of preference - the first school listed should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
  • We advise that you use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
  • Please be realistic with your preferences. If you choose an oversubscribed school, the further away you live the less likely you are to be offered a place.
  • If you select a school as a preference that is not your nearest/catchment school, this may impact on your eligibility for transport. Please see the school transport pages for further information.
  • Do not include a school that you do not want as a preference as you may be offered this school.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
  • After the application deadline you cannot change your preferences unless there is a genuine unforeseeable reason for doing so, for example, if a sibling changes school.

5 Apply for a place

Applications closed on Tuesday 31 October 2023. To apply after this date you will need to complete a late application form, which is available on the ‘Applying after the closing date’ tab.

If you have already applied and wish to amend your preferences, your address, or other details, a ‘Change of application details form’ is available on the ‘Applying after the closing date’ tab.

6 Offer dates

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email or letter, depending on how you applied. No information will be provided over the phone.

Applications received before 11.59pm on 31 October 2023

  • If you applied online we will email you the outcome of your application on Friday 1 March 2024. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.
  • If you applied by paper form you will be emailed the result later this day if an email address was provided with the application. The admissions office will contact you to request an email address if one is not specified on the form.
  • If you do not have an email address you will receive a letter by second class post.

Applications received after 11.59pm on 31 October 2023

  • If we received your application out of time (between 1 November 2023 and 27 November 2023) we will consider your preferences after reviewing all the applications we received on time.
  • If you applied online we will email you the outcome of your application on Friday 1 March 2024. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.
  • If you applied by paper form you will be emailed the result later this day if an email address was provided with the application. The admissions office will contact you to request an email address if one is not specified on the form.
  • If you do not have an email address, you will receive a letter by second class post.
  • Applications received on or after Tuesday 28 November 2023 are late and outside the normal admissions round. They will not be processed until after 2 April 2024. You will be contacted after this date.

7 Applying after the closing date

Applications closed on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

If you have not made an application, to apply now you will need to complete the late application form below.

Late application for secondary school (external link)

If you have already applied and wish to amend your preferences, your address, or other details, use the form below. You will need your application reference number from The Portal.

Parents should note that in accordance with the School Admissions Code, after the closing date, preferences cannot be changed unless there is a genuine reason for doing so, for example, if the family have recently moved address.

Change of application details form (external link)

Do not use either of these forms if you want to move your child in a different year group or at another point in the year. In these instances you need to apply to move schools.

Applying using a paper form

If you are unable to use the online late application form contact the Pupil Admissions Team to request a paper application form. A form will be emailed to you, which should be returned by email.

You can request that a paper form is sent to you, but you are not encouraged to return it to the Pupil Admissions Team unless you use recorded delivery post.

Claims regarding missing forms will not be investigated unless you can provide evidence that it was received by the Pupil Admissions Team. We are not responsible for forms lost or delayed in the post and recommend that you keep a copy of the form and evidence of posting.

Applying after the closing date means that your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated.

Last updated:
14 December 2023
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